By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Lehigh University goalie coordinator, Errol Wilson, uses these wall ball drills to get his goalies to stop balls using their top (drive) hand. Coach Wilson stresses the importance of training the top hand, as goalies use it to control where their sticks go while defending the net.
Top Hand Drill
Drill Summary: The goalie stands in front of a wall with a goal outline taped on it. The goalie takes their stance and gets their stick in ready position, but keeps only their top (drive) hand on the stick. The coach throws a ball at the goalie, who must use only their drive hand to make the save. Throw the ball back and repeat. Progression: Have the goalie stand a few feet off the wall, and throw the ball off the wall so the goalie has to stop it using a quick reaction.
Keys to the Drill:
1) No false movements.
2) It’s okay to keep your other hand in front of your body.
3) Use the same motions as you would with two hands on the stick.
4) Always start in a good stance.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
In this drill, the crucial element of making the correct step to the ball is reinforced by Phil Barnes, Assistant Coach for the 2013 NCAA Championship – University of North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse team. You will learn a simple, yet effective workout that involves many repetitions to create muscle memory.
Player Movements: Breakdown begins with the first step or lead step, then by the back foot following and finishing even with the lead foot. This teaches the goalie to be in a ready position after each save.
Drill Essentials: Notice the proper form is displayed, then repeated multiple times to create “muscle memory”.
Drill Tips: Make sure the stick head and foot arrive at the same time. It’s fundamental in getting to the ball and making the save.